Newborn means family have five generations of women alive at same time

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A family of female NHS workers have recently welcomed the fifth generation of women into their brood.

Eleanor Arundel, 23, from Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, who is an NHS healthcare worker, welcomed her daughter Gracie Mae, six weeks ago on March 11 2022.

Gracie’s gender was a lovely surprise for great, great grandmother Margaret Newsome, 83; great grandmother Karen Wilcock, 63; grandmother, Rebecca Williams, 42 and mother Eleanor.

The quintet generation family, have spent their time celebrating the arrival, despite a rocky start during her premature birth.

Eleanor said: ‘My partner, Christian, 27, and I decided we didn’t want to know the gender so kept it as a surprise until Gracie Mae was born.

A family, from Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, have five generations of female relatives a live at the same time. Pictured: Great, great grandma Margaret Newsome, 83, holding Gracie Mae; great grandma Karen Wilcock, 63; Grandma, Rebecca Williams, 42; and mum Eleanor, 23

A family, from Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, have five generations of female relatives a live at the same time. Pictured: Great, great grandma Margaret Newsome, 83, holding Gracie Mae; great grandma Karen Wilcock, 63; Grandma, Rebecca Williams, 42; and mum Eleanor, 23

Eleanor Arundel, 23, welcomed daughter her daughter Gracie Mae (both pictured), six weeks ago on March 11 2022

Eleanor Arundel, 23, welcomed daughter her daughter Gracie Mae (both pictured), six weeks ago on March 11 2022

Pictured: Margaret Newsome, 83, holding Eleanor as a baby

Gracie's gender was a lovely surprise for the entire family, including great, great grandma Margaret Newsome, 83 (both pictured)

Gracie’s gender was a lovely surprise for the entire family, including great, great grandma Margaret Newsome, 83. Pictured left: Margaret Newsome, 83, holding Eleanor as a baby. Pictured right: Great, great grandma Margaret Newsome, 83, holding Gracie Mae

Eleanor said Gracie Mae came five weeks earlier than expected, so had to spend 11 days in the NICU. Pictured: Gracie Mae's scan

Eleanor said Gracie Mae came five weeks earlier than expected, so had to spend 11 days in the NICU. Pictured: Gracie Mae’s scan

‘She came five weeks earlier than expected, so she was in the NICU for 11 days which was really upsetting.

‘My mother didn’t get to meet her until she was out, even though she works at the same hospital where she was born.’

Grandma, Rebecca, who is an NHS patient access co-ordinator added: ‘It was devastating not being able to be at Eleanor’s first birth, and to see Gracie face to face when she was born.

‘It was even harder passing the NICU unit and knowing she was in there but not being able to visit her because of all the Covid-19 restrictions still in place.’ 

Grandma, Rebecca, who is an NHS patient access co-ordinator, said not being able to be at Eleanor's first birth was'devastating'. Pictured: Rebecca holding Eleanor as a baby

Grandma, Rebecca, who is an NHS patient access co-ordinator, said not being able to be at Eleanor’s first birth was ‘devastating’. Pictured: Rebecca holding Eleanor as a baby

Rebecca said it was hard passing the NICU unit without being able visit Gracie Mae (both pictured) because of the covid-19 restrictions still in place

Rebecca said it was hard passing the NICU unit without being able visit Gracie Mae (both pictured) because of the covid-19 restrictions still in place 

Eleanor said she and partner, Christian, 27, decided to keep Gracie Mae's (pictured) gender a surprise until she was born

Gracie Mae is now six weeks old

Eleanor said she and partner, Christian, 27, decided to keep Gracie Mae’s (pictured) gender a surprise until she was born 

Gracie Mae is the first great-great grandchild within the family, and everyone hopes she’ll follow in their footsteps with a role in the NHS.

Eleanor said: ‘Everyone has been quite shocked that there are now five generations.

‘A lot of people guessed it was going to be a girl, but one of the midwives was adamant that I was going to have a boy. 

‘We’re definitely a big group of maternal women, my great nan, Margaret, was one of ten, and as family there are a lot more women than there are men.’ 

The family hope Gracie May, who is the  first great-great grandchild within the brood, will pursue a career in the NHS

The family hope Gracie May, who is the  first great-great grandchild within the brood, will pursue a career in the NHS

Eleanor said everyone has been'quite shocked' that there are now five generations of female relatives in their family

Eleanor said everyone has been ‘quite shocked’ that there are now five generations of female relatives in their family 

Eleanor said her great nan Margaret (pictured left) was one of ten women

Eleanor said her family has more women than men. Pictured: Karen holding Gracie Mae

Eleanor said Margaret (pictured left) was one of ten women, with her family having more females than male. Pictured right: Karen holding Gracie Mae

Rebecca said: ‘Eleanor is my first daughter, so it still hasn’t set in that she’s a mum now too.

‘I guessed from the start that she was going to have a girl, and I was absolutely over the moon.

‘Eleanor is one of four, I’ve got two girls and two boys, but the whole family is leans more towards strong women and girls than the men.’

Since bringing Gracie home, myself, my mum and grandma haven’t been able to put her down.

Rebecca said Eleanor is her first daughter and it still hasn't set in that she's also a mother. Pictured: Gracie Mae

Rebecca said Eleanor is her first daughter and it still hasn’t set in that she’s also a mother. Pictured: Gracie Mae 

Great grandma Karen (pictured), an NHS healthcare assistant, said it's'lovely' for Gracie Mae to have all her grandmothers

Karen said Gracie Mae (both pictured) is loved by everyone

Great grandma Karen (pictured), an NHS healthcare assistant, said it’s ‘lovely’ for Gracie Mae to have all her grandmothers 

Rebecca (pictured second from right) said she guessed from the start that Eleanor (pictured right) would have a girl and was'absolutely over the moon'

Rebecca (pictured second from right) said she guessed from the start that Eleanor (pictured right) would have a girl and was ‘absolutely over the moon’

‘Every time Eleanor comes to visit, it’s like a conveyor belt of passing the baby round.’

Great grandma Karen, an NHS healthcare assistant, added: ‘Eleanor was the first one for me as a granddaughter and I was over the moon, so I know how Rebecca feels – it’s such a lovely feeling.

‘For Gracie Mae to have all these grandmas in her life, it’s lovely for her.

‘She is loved by everybody.’

 

Rebecca said every time Eleanor comes to visit, it's like a conveyor belt of passing the baby round. Pictured: Great, great grandma Margaret Newsome, 83, holding Gracie May, and mum Eleanor, 23

Rebecca said every time Eleanor comes to visit, it’s like a conveyor belt of passing the baby round. Pictured: Great, great grandma Margaret Newsome, 83, holding Gracie May, and mum Eleanor, 23

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